Thursday 14 December 2017

Boxing: Irish successes in Minsk

John Joe Nevin, left, Ireland, exchanges punches with Selcuk Eker, Turkey, during their 56kg Bantamweight bout. Photo: Sportsfile
John Joe Nevin, left, Ireland, exchanges punches with Selcuk Eker, Turkey, during their 56kg Bantamweight bout. Photo: Sportsfile

Mark Staniforth

FIVE Irish boxers will fight for guaranteed medals tomorrow after a successful day at the European Amateur Championships in Minsk.

Belfast's double Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes marched into the last eight of the light-flyweight division with a unanimous win over gutsy Welshman Ashley Williams.

 

Olympic silver medallist and bantamweight top seed John Joe Nevin is also through after impressing in a 3-0 win over Selcuk Exer of Turkey.

 

On a good day for Ireland, middleweight Jason Quigley and heavyweight Tommy McCarthy also moved through with points wins over Austria's Arbi Chakaev and Finland's Tomi Honka respectively.

 

They join Ireland team-mate and Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlan, who booked his place in the bantamweight quarter-finals on Monday.

 

The only Irishman to exit on Tuesday was London Olympian Adam Nolan, who fell to a unanimous points loss in his welterweight clash with Ukrainian Boghdan Shelestyuk.

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